Carolina Pines sponsors Hartsville Police Dept. K9
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center had a special visit recently from the latest K9 they sponsored for the Hartsville Police Department, Duke the explosive detection dog and his handler, Officer Cara Spaziana.
According to HPD, Duke was imported from Ireland, a smaller framed yellow Labrador retriever that is specially bred to work longer, with a higher hunt drive. They are trained to search buildings, vehicles, open areas and more. “These dogs are bred to work,” said experts with the narcotics division. “They are happy working, and that is all they want to do.”
Duke is three years and old and already has made a name for himself in South Carolina, with several real-life callouts assisting other state agencies finding explosives in record time. He has trained in a variety of settings, and can detect the actual ingredients in a bomb – broken down to the exact molecule.
Another K9 that Carolina Pines helped to fund is Remy, a narcotics detection dog. Remy is a glossy, pure black lab from the same facility in Ireland, and is an integral part of the drug detection division.
“Carolina Pines is proud to partner with our local law enforcement agencies,” said Bill Little, CEO of CPRMC. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication the Hartsville Police Department has to keep our hospital and our community safe. It is our honor to help sponsor these dogs.”
Specially bred and trained narcotics dogs typically work for 10 minutes hard and take a break – but Duke worked on his last explosive detection job for 45 minutes straight non-stop. Officer Spaziana had to sit on the floor with him to make him be still. “We have the best bomb dog in the state right here,” she said.